Hans Richter

Rhythm 21 (1921) 16mm, black and white, 2.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: art

"Richter's first film, RHYTHM 21, stands at the very beginning of the avant-garde film movement. For the first time, a film has utilized the movie screen as a directors substitute for the painters' canvas, as a framed rectangular surface on which a kinetic organization of purely plastic forms is composed. For normally, the movie screen is perceived as a kind of window, more or less arbitrarily circumscribed, behind which an illusion of space appears. In RHYTHM 21, high contrast, it is a planar surface activated by the forms upon it. Thus its forms, like those of abstract painting of its time (especially Mondrian and Van Doesburg), have no physical existence except on the screen, nor do we sense their lateral extension beyond the limits of the screen as is usually the case with images created by camera vision. In RHYTHM 21, the screen is articulated by movements of mathematical percision and maximum of graphic clarity. Its content is essentially rhythm, the formal vocabulary is elemental geometry and the structural principle is counterpoint of contrasting opposites."--Standish D. Lawder.

Rental: $30.00
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Hans Richter

Rhythm 23 (1923) 16mm, black and white, 2.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: art

"More complex than RHYTHM 21, the film is nonetheless a logical extent of Richter's conviction that film is modern art. Again, the orchestration of basic geometric forms according to precise rhythmical patterns is the basis for this second experiment. The construction of a system of shutters on strings, and moveable slides, enabled Richter to film light reflections on a screen instead of having animated 'cut-outs.' The premier at the UFA Kurfuerstendamm Theatre in Berlin ended in near riot."--Standish D. Lawder.

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Hans Richter

Film Study (1926) 16mm, black and white, 3.45 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: art

"Richter's first film in a Surrealist vein the mood of FILM STUDY is lyrical and poetically evocative. Its magic propels us into a world fantasy, forcing us to dream with open eyes, as objects and forms float past, transforming themselves as if by a logic beyond rational comprehension. The music is by the noted composer Darius Milhaud."--Standish D. Lawder.

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Hans Richter

Ghosts Before Breakfast (1927-28) 16mm, black and white, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art

Photography by Reimar Kuntze. Music by Paul Hindemith. With Darius Milhaud, Jean Oser, Walter Gronostay, Werner Graeff, Paul Hindemith, and Hans Richter as actors. "Pure vintage dada. A humorous, delightful, grotesque in which ordinary objects rebel against their daily routine and, for a brief period of liberation, fallow their own laws. A bow-tie undoes itself, bowler hats float gracefully through the air, coffee cups leap from a tray to smash themselves on the ground, and so forth. At the stroke of noon, they return to their normal functional state. GHOSTS BEFORE BREAKFAST represents one of the earliest collaborations between avant-garde filmmaker and composer: Paul Hindemith's score accompanied the film when it was first shown at an avent-garde music festival in Baden-Baden in 1928."--Standish D. Lawder.

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Hans Richter

Race Symphony (1928) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: nature, history

"Richter's brilliant gift as an editor in nowhere more evident than in this impressionistic documentary on the preparation and start of a horse race at a track near Berlin. Marked by a sharp pace and an acute visual observation of telling gesture and detail, it is hard to believe that this film was made over 40 years ago. It was produced for Maxim-Emelka, a Berlin studio, as an introductory to the feature film, ARIADNE IN HOPPEGARTEN."--Standish D. Lawder.

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Hans Richter

Everything Turns, Everything Revolves: Excerpt (1929) black and white, 3.5 min

Keywords: art

Photography by Reimar Kuntze. Music by Walter Gronostay. "A day at the carnival--sensational tent shows where miracles can be seen for the price of admission, boisterous noise of crowds and barkers, shrill and gaudy circus music, the violence of the street ten-fold. This is the substance of EVERYTHING TURNS, Richter's first sound film. At its premier at Baden-Baden Richter got into a fight with two Nazi officials who disliked the films 'modernism.' Yet in 1936 it was awarded first prize for artistic merit by the Nazi's, with Richter's name suppressed from the credits. He had long since left Germany."--Standish D. Lawder.

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Hans Richter

Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947) color, 84 min

In collaboration with Fernand Leger, Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Darius Milhaud, John Cage, Paul Bowles, David Diamond, Louis Applebaum. Internat. Award "for the best original contribution to the progress of cinematography", Biennale, Venice. -- Hermann Weinberg

Rental: $150.00

Hans Richter

8 x 8 (1958) color, 88 min

A Chess-sonata in 8 episodes, with Jean Arp, Jacqueline Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Tanguy, Julien Levy, Alexander Calder, W. Sandberg, Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning, Jean Cocteau, Achmed ben Driss, Jose Sert, Frederick Kiesler, Paul Wiener. -- Herman Weinberg

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Hans Richter

Passionate Pastime (1958) color, 28 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: history

Hans Richter's documentary on the game of chess. Narrated by Vincent Price. Outlines the history of chess from ancient times to the present and traces its origins in India, China, and Persia. Prints, painting, illuminated manuscripts, live photography and rare chess pieces are shown as well as chess figures designed after Picasso and Braque.

Rental: $75.00

Hans Richter

Early Works (1921-1929) DVD PAL, Color BW, 35 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

RHYTHMUS 21 1921 4 min RHYTHMUS 23 1923 4 min FILMSTUDIE 1926 5 min GHOSTS BEFORE BREAKFAST (Vormittagsspuk) 1927-28 7 min RACE SYMPHONY 1928-29 7 min TWO PENCE MAGIC (Zweigroschenzauber) 1928-29 2 min INFLATION 1927 3 min EVERYTHING TURNS EVERYTHING REVOLVES 1929 3 min

DVD PAL Sale: $30.00 Individual Home-Use Only

Hans Richter

Give Chance a Chance: A Portrait of Hans Richter (1973) DVD PAL, Color, 28 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Interview with artist-sculptor-filmmaker-surrealist Hans Richter -- his place in history and his pioneering work in several areas. Richter talks about his career -- which started at the beginning of the century -- early experiments with the movie camera, association with the world of the Surrealists, conflict with the National Socialists in Germany, the origins of Dada, and the evolution of his own style in painting, drawing and collage. Many films clips and examples of his graphic work illustrate his themes.

DVD PAL Sale: $32.00 Individual Home-Use Only

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